Originally Posted by Carbine
It says enough about him rebounding? If by that you mean still clearly inferior to Shaq in that regard, then yes, yes it does.
It means he was on par with one of the greatest rebounders of all time - someone even better than Shaq on the boards - when asked to so the casual mention that Shaq is better is disingenuous. Shaq was a center, Bird was a PF playing SF and averages only 0.9 rebounds less. And Bird had to contend with Parish and McHale in getting those rebounds.